If you were going to appoint a governement made up of Ladybird book characters, who would you choose? Here’s my top team:
Chancellor of the Exchequer: The Ogre from Jack and the Beanstalk. Keeps tight control of financial affairs – but also has a goose that lays golden eggs
Education Minister: Elizabeth Fry. Total dedication to do what’s right, not what’s easy; not easily daunted.
Health Minister: Fairy Godmother. If ever she were needed …
Home Secretary: Florence Nightingale (she would keep her department in brilliant order – and also produce wonderful info-graphics).
Defence Minister: Job share: The 3rd Little Pig, the 3 Billy Goats Gruff and The Bridge Troll. A coalition of the willing.
Culture and Sport: I think it would have to be Shakespeare – although I suspect he would need a good team in place to brief him on sport. He would instinctively understand popular culture but also be able to bluff his way through the high-brow stuff.
Levelling Up: Elizabeth Gaskell (aided by Charles Dickens)
They would see what needed to be done and pull no punches.
Minister without Portfolio: The Little Red Hen – what job can’t she turn her feet to?
Chief Whip: Henry V Excellent at rallying the troops
Prime Minister – no contest.
Elizabeth 1st. What a gal. What a leader. And wouldn’t she have fascinating, Tuesday discussions with the (other) Queen?